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In an era where technology shapes every facet of our lives, it’s no surprise that the aviation industry is also undergoing a digital transformation. Saab, a leading aerospace and defense company, stands at the forefront of this evolution with its groundbreaking initiative – Saab Digital Sky. Partnering with key players like skeyes in Belgium, Saab is revolutionizing air traffic management, ushering in a new era of safety, efficiency and sustainability.

Saab’s journey into the realm of AI and unmanned traffic management (UTM) began with strategic acquisitions, signaling a profound commitment to advancing its capabilities. Last year’s acquisition of CrowdAI in the United States marked a significant milestone, bolstering Saab’s AI portfolio. The recent addition of Devaki Raj as Head of AI further underscores Saab’s dedication to harnessing the power of AI in aviation.

Furthermore, Saab’s acquisition of United Kingdom-based BlueBear in 2023 expanded its AI capabilities, particularly in autonomous swarm systems for defense and security applications. This synergy between AI and Saab’s solutions sets the stage for transformative innovations in air traffic management.

Proactive Partners

The Belgian Air Navigation Service Provider, skeyes, has joined forces with Saab to implement a nationwide rollout of digital/ remote towers, starting with Namur for Liege and Charleroi airports. This partnership heralds a new chapter in air traffic control, leveraging cutting-edge technology to enhance operational efficiency and safety. skeyes’ proactive approach to embracing digital towers demonstrates a forward-thinking mindset and a commitment to staying ahead of the curve.

At the heart of Saab’s Digital Sky initiative lies the Integrated Digital Tower Suite (i-DTS), a modular and scalable platform designed to empower air traffic controllers. With demand for airport capacity soaring, i-DTS provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage capacity, safety and air traffic flows in an efficient and sustainable way. Its versatility extends to traditional air traffic control (being in a physical tower or in a digital/ remote tower), contingency operations and ramp towers, catering to diverse airport needs.

Key features of i-DTS include a highly configurable controller working position, advanced surface movement guidance and control system, electronic flight strips system, general information display and airport insight tools. Saab’s unique digital tower visualization system enhances situational awareness, facilitating seamless information exchange between automation and visualization systems.

Unmatched Performance

With a proven track record spanning over 100 locations across 45 countries, Saab’s Integrated Digital Tower Solution offers unparalleled reliability and performance. Whether as a replacement, upgrade, or contingency solution, i-DTS remains the go-to choice for digital and remote air traffic control.

In addition to i-DTS, Saab’s Remote Tower Deployable (r-TWR) presents a deployable, digital tower solution with unmatched flexibility and modularity. Its rapid deployment capabilities make it an ideal choice for military operations, ensuring high availability and mission readiness in any scenario. Moreover, r-TWR’s adaptability lends itself to international aid missions, facilitating the swift establishment of air traffic control infrastructure in disaster-stricken regions.

In conclusion, Saab Digital Sky represents a paradigm shift in air traffic management, propelled by innovation and collaboration. As we embrace the dynamic interplay between AI, air traffic management and UTM, Saab remains steadfast in its commitment to shaping the future of aviation. Together with partners like skeyes, Saab is poised to unlock the full potential of our skies, ushering in a new era of safety, efficiency and sustainability.

Join us in reimagining the future of aviation with Saab Digital Sky. Together, let’s soar to new heights of innovation and excellence.

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